Human Rights and International Sporting Events: Russian Anti-Gay Legislation, the Sochi Winter Olympics, and Next Steps


Monday, February 24, 2014


Moderator : K. Scott Kohanowski, Staff Attorney, City Bar Justice Center; Co-President of the International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics Association


New York City Bar Association,
42 W 44 th Street, New York, NY
New York, NY
United States


no charge


6:30-8:30 pm

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This program will focus on the deterioration of LGBT rights in Russia, where recent legislation has banned “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors”; the responsibilities of the International Olympic Committee and other international sporting NGOs in upholding international human rights standards; forms of protest (boycott, sponsor targeting, designated protest areas) and their effectiveness; the rights of individuals and organizations to protest during the Olympics and other events; the continuing human rights crisis in Russia once the Olympics end; and how to ensure going forward that international sporting NGOs select venues that comport with their charters and international human rights standards.